2002 General Assembly

Major Legislation Tracked by DMHMRSAS

 

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HB 25

L. Karen Darner

 

Continued to 2003 in House Courts of Justice

Juvenile not guilty by reason of insanity. Recognizes the finding of "not guilty by reason of insanity" for a child charged with a delinquent act in juvenile court proceedings. The bill closely parallels the adult statute on not guilty by reason of insanity. If the court finds a child not guilty, and the child meets commitment criteria, the court may commit the child to the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services for treatment. If the child is not committed to DMHMRSAS, the court may refer the child to the local family assessment and planning team for services under the Comprehensive Services Act for At-Risk Youth and Families. The bill adds such children to the mandated service pool under the Act.

HB 127

Jack A. Rollison, III

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 315

Acts of Assembly

 

Minors' consent to treatment for substance abuse. Provides that a parent, legal guardian or person standing in loco parentis will not be prevented from obtaining the results of a minor's non-diagnostic drug test when the minor is not receiving care, treatment or rehabilitation for substance abuse.

HB 396

George Broman, Jr.

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 203

Acts of Assembly

Health; investigation of deaths. Adds patients or residents of state mental health or mental retardation facilities who have died to the list of those deaths that must be reported to the medical examiner of the locality in which the facility is located. A copy of the autopsy report must be provided to the Commissioner of and Inspector General for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. The Department will pay the fee for such services.

HB 658

Jeannemarie Devolites

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 712

Acts of Assembly

Criminal background checks; substance abuse treatment professionals. Permits community services boards, behavioral health authorities and agencies licensed by the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to hire for adult substance abuse treatment programs persons who were convicted of a broader list of crimes: a misdemeanor violation relating to (i) unlawful hazing as set out in 18.2-56; or (ii) reckless handling of a firearm as set out in 18.2-56.1; any misdemeanor or felony violation related to (a) reckless endangerment of others by throwing objects as set out in 18.2-51.3; (b) threat as set out in 18.2-60; (c) breaking and entering a dwelling house with intent to commit other misdemeanor as set out in 18.2-92; or (d) possession of burglarious tools as set out in 18.2-94; or any felony violation relating to the distribution of drugs as set out in Article 1 (18.2-247 et seq.) of Chapter 7 of Title 18.2, except an offense pursuant to subsection H. 1. or H. 2. of 18.2-248 (drug lord offenses); or an equivalent offense in another state. The hiring provider must determine, based upon a screening assessment, that the criminal behavior was related to the applicant's use of substances, and that the person has been successfully rehabilitated.

HB 678

Vivian E. Watts

 

Continued to 2003 in House Health, Welfare and Institutions

Involuntary temporary detention; medical screenings. Requires that each order for involuntary temporary detention of a person (i) include a medical certificate signed by a psychiatrist or physician within the previous 72 hours documenting that a medical examination was performed and the results thereof, including any significant or life-threatening medical conditions that require immediate treatment, or (ii) shall require that the person receive an emergency medical evaluation by a psychiatrist or physician within 4 hours and, as may be necessary, receive treatment of any significant or life-threatening medical conditions that require immediate treatment. The bill permits a magistrate to issue an order of temporary detention without a prior in-person evaluation only if (a) the person was examined within the previous 72 hours by both an employee or designee of the local community services board (CSB) and by a psychiatrist or physician or (b) there is a significant risk associated with conducting such examinations. The facility of temporary detention shall be identified by the employee or designee of the local CSB on the pre-screening report and temporary detention order, unless the results of the emergency medical evaluation performed within four hours of temporary detention require admission to a medical facility prior to placement.

HB 840

A. Victor Thomas

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 271

Acts of Assembly

 

State facility directors. Amends the provision that required all state facility directors hired by the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services after July 1, 1999, to be employed under a two-year contract, with provisions for annual renewals thereafter to allow facility directors to also be employed as classified employees. Further, any facility director hired under a contract shall remain subject to the provisions of the State Grievance Procedure.

HB 887

Phillip A. Hamilton

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 585

Acts of Assembly

Acute care psychiatric and residential beds; children and adolescents; data collection and reporting. Requires the community policy and management teams, i.e., groups within the structure of the Comprehensive Services Act, to submit to the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services information on children under the age of 14 and adolescents between the ages of 14 to 17 for whom an admission to an acute care psychiatric or residential treatment facility (but not a group home) was sought but was not obtained. This information will be gathered from the family assessment and planning team or participating community agencies. The information to be submitted will include the child's date of birth, date of attempted admission, and the reason the admission could not be obtained. Further, identical information on failure to obtain admissions of children must be reported by the local community services boards to the Department. The Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services will also collect and compile data to ascertain (i) the total number of inpatient acute care psychiatric beds for children under the age of 14 and between the ages of 14 and 17, and (ii) the total number of residential treatment beds for children under the age of 14 and between the ages of 14 and 17, exclusive of group homes. The Department will report this data on a quarterly basis to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Finance and the Virginia Commission on Youth. This bill is identical to SB 426.

HB 888

Phillip A. Hamilton

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 278

Acts of Assembly

Community services boards; services. Clarifies that the services that may be available through a community services board are to be provided to "adults, children and adolescents" rather than to "persons."


 

HB 995

Robert F. McDonnell

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 803

Acts of Assembly

Restructuring of mental health care system. For any restructuring of the system of mental health services involving existing state mental health facilities, the Commissioner must establish a state and community consensus and planning team. Each team must develop a plan that addresses (i) the types, amounts, and locations of new and expanded community services that would be needed; (ii) the development of a detailed implementation plan designed to build community mental health infrastructure for current and future capacity needs; (iii) the creation of new and enhanced community services; (iv) the transition of state facility patients to community services in the locality of their residence prior to institutionalization or the locality of their choice; (v) the resolution of issues relating to the restructuring implementation process, including employment issues related to state facility employee transition planning and appropriate transitional benefits; and (vi) a six-year projection comparing the cost of the current structure and the proposed structure. In addition, the bill requires the Commissioner to ensure that each plan includes the following components: (a) a plan for community education; (b) a plan for the implementation of required community services, including state-of-the-art practice models and any models required to meet the unique characteristics of the area to be served, which may include models for rural areas; (c) a plan for assuring the availability of adequate staff in the affected communities, including specific strategies for transferring qualified state-facility employees to community services; (d) a plan for assuring the development, funding, and implementation of individualized discharge plans for individuals discharged; and (e) a provision for suspending implementation of the plan if the total general funds appropriated to the Department for state facility and community services decrease, in any year of plan implementation by more than 10 percent from the year in which the plan was approved by the General Assembly. Further, the bill states that at least nine months prior to any proposed facility closure or conversion to any use other than the provision of mental health services, the state and community consensus and planning team must submit a plan to the Joint Commission on Health Care and the Governor for review and recommendation. The Joint Commission on Health Care will then make a recommendation to the General Assembly. Upon approval by the General Assembly and the Governor of such recommendation, the Commissioner may implement the proposed facility closure or conversion of the facility to any use other than the provision of mental health service. Any funds saved by the closure or conversion of the facility to any use other than the provision of mental health services, and not allocated to individualized services plans for patients being transferred or discharged as a result of the closure or conversion, will be invested in the Mental Health Trust Fund. Further, concurrent with the development of any required plan for restructuring Eastern State Hospital, the Commissioner, in consultation with the Chancellor of the Community College System, the President of Thomas Nelson Community College, and the President of the College of William and Mary or their designees, and with the advice of the state and community consensus and planning team, must assess the impact and feasibility of using a portion of the property now occupied by Eastern State Hospital located in James City County for the placement of a new campus of Thomas Nelson Community College and the development of a Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health. The Commissioner is authorized, upon completion of the feasibility study and a plan, and, with the consent of the Governor, to transfer to Thomas Nelson Community College a portion of the Eastern State Hospital property known as the Hancock Geriatric Treatment Center. This transfer will be subject to the following conditions: (i) the college operating a school of allied health professions and (ii) funds equal to the assessed value of the property being deposited in the Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Trust Fund.

HB 1228

A. Victor Thomas

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 557

Acts of Assembly

Discharge of patients and residents from state facilities. Requires directors of training centers for persons with mental retardation to prepare a pre-discharge plan for residents in conjunction with the community services board that serves the political subdivision where the resident resided prior to admission or by the board that serves the political subdivision where the resident or legally authorized representative chooses to reside if the resident or his legally authorized representative on his behalf chooses to be discharged. The bill states that no resident of a training center who is enrolled in Medicaid will be discharged if the resident or his legally authorized representative on his behalf chooses to continue in the training center. Legally authorized representatives will make this decision if the resident lacks the mental capacity to do so. Finally, the bill requires that pre-discharge plans for all individuals discharged to an assisted living facility from state hospitals or training centers must identify the facility, document its appropriateness for housing and capacity to care for the individual, contain evidence of the facility's agreement to admit and care for the individual, and describe how the community services board will monitor the individual's care in the facility.

SB 57

John S. Edwards

 

Continued to 2003 in Senate Courts of Justice

Mental health courts; pilot program. Directs the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court to establish no less than two and no more than five mental health courts for nonviolent offenders with serious mental illnesses in Virginia by January 1, 2003.

SB 400

Stephen H. Martin

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 50

Acts of Assembly

Mental Health; board membership. Adds a practicing psychiatrist to the State Board of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.

SB 413

Nick Rerras

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 51

Acts of Assembly

Community services boards; services.  Same as HB 888

SB 426

R. Edward Houck

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 619

Acts of Assembly

Acute care psychiatric and residential beds; children and adolescents; data collection and reporting.  Same as HB 887

SB 482

Janet D. Howell

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 750

Acts of Assembly

Persons acquitted of misdemeanors by reason of insanity. Provides that a person found not guilty of a misdemeanor by reason of insanity shall remain in the custody of the Commissioner of Mental Health and Mental Retardation for a period not to exceed one year from the date of acquittal and also provides that prior to or at the conclusion of one year, if the Commissioner determines that the acquittee meets the criteria for conditional or unconditional release, emergency custody, temporary detention or involuntary commitment, he shall file a petition to accomplish same. The Commissioner must notify the committing attorney for the Commonwealth prior to release.


 

SB 483

Janet D. Howell

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 80

Acts of Assembly

Medical treatment of incapacitated persons. Expands the medical treatment statute that applies to incapacitated patients and residents of state mental health and mental retardation facilities to apply to incapacitated community services board consumers and to include dental treatment. A licensed health professional or licensed hospital will not be subject to liability arising from a claim based on lack of informed consent or be prohibited from providing services when a delay in treatment might adversely affect the recovery of an individual who has no guardian or committee and who is receiving community mental health services from a community services board or behavioral health authority if two physicians (or dentists in the case of dental treatment) document this in writing. This bill is a recommendation of the Select Committee on Substitute Consent for People with Mental Disabilities.

SB 504

Bill Bolling

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 56

Acts of Assembly

Licensure of providers of services. Grants the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services the authority to issue licenses to providers of day support, in-home support or crisis stabilization services funded through the Individual and Families Developmental Disabilities Support Waiver. The Department of Rehabilitative Services shall collaborate with the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services in activities related to licensing providers of services under such waiver. These activities include involving advocacy and consumer groups who represent persons with developmental disabilities in the regulatory process; training the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, local human rights committees and the State Human Rights Committee on the unique needs and preferences of individuals with developmental disabilities; assisting in the development of regulatory requirements for such providers; and providing technical assistance in the regulatory process and in performing annual inspections and complaint investigations.

SB 594

Emmet W. Hanger, Jr.

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 176

Acts of Assembly

Property conveyance. Authorizes the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to transfer to the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia approximately 61 acres in Augusta County, part of the old Dejarnette site.

SB 661

Charles R. Hawkins

 

Approved by Governor Chapter No. 62

Acts of Assembly

Discharge of patients and residents from state facilities.  Same as HB 1228

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Secondary List

 

HB 8

Phillip A. Hamilton

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 82

Acts of Assembly

Inspector General for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. Requires the written reports of the Inspector General concerning facility inspections to be transmitted to the Governor for his review and comment, as deemed necessary and deletes the requirement that, prior to release of the Inspector General's reports, the Inspector General must obtain assurances from the Attorney General that the reports do not violate confidentiality laws. The Inspector General must, insofar as feasible, provide copies of the semiannual reports to the Governor in advance of the date for their submission to the General Assembly to provide a reasonable opportunity for comments of the Governor to be appended to the reports when submitted to the General Assembly. The Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services must comment on any recommendations made by the Inspector General.

HB 9

Phillip A. Hamilton

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 572

Acts of Assembly

Persons with mental retardation, developmental disabilities, or mental illness. Revises the external human rights system for persons with mental retardation, developmental disabilities, or mental illness. The Department for Rights of Virginians with Disabilities is removed from the executive branch and becomes an independent state agency renamed the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy. The bill creates a governing board for the Office, consisting of 11 members who are appointed by the Governor and the General Assembly for staggered terms. No such appointments shall be members of the General Assembly. This board shall hire the agency director, who shall be an attorney in good standing licensed to practice in Virginia. The Office is given the authority to access facilities and programs, receive notification of deaths in state facilities and to protect the confidentiality of records. The bill establishes an ombudsman program, within the new office, to become effective July 1, 2004, and creates the Protection and Advocacy Fund.

HB 534

Jeannemarie Devolites

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 383

Acts of Assembly

Health professions; substance abuse counselors. Removes the deemed certification language for those persons who meet the certification standards for a certified substance abuse counselor in effect prior to July 1, 2001. Current law provides that those persons who are certified under the standards in effect prior to July 1, 2001, will be deemed to hold certification at the appropriate level under the new provisions, when adopted, unless such certification is suspended or revoked. The current Code language is repealed; however, retained language requires the Board to certify individuals who applied before the new certification regulations became effective if they met the requirements in place prior to July 1, 2001. Thus, the deeming language is no longer necessary.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HB 621

Harvey B. Morgan

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 410

Acts of Assembly

Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families. Requires the State Executive Council (SEC) to provide for public participation and comment in developing a dispute resolution procedure and to consult with local governments about state policies governing the use, distribution and monitoring of moneys in the state pool of funds and the state trust fund. The bill clarifies the SEC's role in establishing and overseeing the dispute resolution procedure and requires formal notice, which means the SEC must provide a letter of notification that communicates its formal finding, explains the effect of the finding, and describes the appeal process, to the chief administrative officer of the local government with a copy to the chair of the Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT). The dispute resolution procedure shall also include provisions for remediation by the CPMT, which shall include a submission by the CPMT of a plan of correction to the Council. The bill clarifies that at no time either prior to or during the course of the implementation of the plan of correction shall the SEC deny reimbursement for services rendered and that the denial of state funding shall only be for failure to provide services. Finally, the bill requires the Director of the Office of Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families to implement, in collaboration with participating state agencies, policies, guidelines and procedures adopted by the SEC and to consult regularly with local government representatives about implementation and operation of the Comprehensive Services Act.

HB 912

M. Kirkland Cox

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 281

Acts of Assembly

Sale or lease of surplus property. Requires the Secretary of Natural Resources to issue a written opinion as to whether surplus property being sold is a significant part of the Commonwealth's natural or historic resources.

HB 957

James F. Almand

 

Continued to 2003 in House Courts of Justice

Imposition of the death sentence upon mentally retarded defendants prohibited. Prohibits the imposition of the death penalty upon a mentally retarded defendant. The bill makes it clear that the prohibition does not prevent a defendant from being charged with or tried for a capital offense, convicted of a Class 1 felony or prevent the court from sentencing the defendant to imprisonment for life pursuant to 18.2-10.

SB 97

Janet D. Howell

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 662

Acts of Assembly

Pre-sentence mental evaluation of sex offenders. Requires the examiner’s report to be confidential except as needed for the prosecution or defense of an offense or for assessment by the Attorney General for civil commitment and requires that it be sealed once the sentencing order is entered.  The defendant is required to return to the court his copy of the report at the conclusion of sentencing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SB 264

Benjamin J. Lambert, III

 

Governor’s Recommendation Adopted

Chapter 835

Acts of Assembly

Sharing of protected health information between state agencies. Declares the coordination of prevention and control of disease, injury, or disability and the delivery of health care benefits to be (i) necessary public health activities; (ii) necessary health oversight activities for the integrity of the health care system; and (iii) necessary to prevent serious harm and serious threats to the health and safety of individuals and the public. The Departments of Health, Medical Assistance Services, Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, and Social Services must establish a secure system for sharing protected health information that may be necessary for the coordination of prevention and control of disease, injury, or disability and the delivery of health care benefits when such protected information concerns individuals who (a) have contracted a reportable disease, including exposure to a toxic substance, as required by the Board of Health pursuant to 32.1-35 or other disease or disability required to be reported by law; (b) are the subjects of public health surveillance, public health investigations, or public health interventions or are applicants for or recipients of medical assistance services; (c) have been or are the victims of child abuse or neglect or domestic violence; or (d) may present a serious threat to the health or safety of a person or the public or may be subject to a serious threat to their health or safety. Pursuant to the regulations concerning patient privacy promulgated by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, covered entities may disclose protected health information to the secure system without obtaining consent or authorization for such disclosure. Such protected health information will be used exclusively for the purposes established in this section. The Office of the Attorney General will advise the Departments in the implementation of this section. This provision also amends the patient health records privacy statute to note that providers may make subsequent disclosures of patient records as permitted under the federal Department of Health and Human Services regulations relating to the electronic transmission of data and patient privacy promulgated as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. In addition, providers may disclose the records of a patient as authorized by law relating to public health activities, health oversight activities, serious threats to health or safety or abuse, neglect or domestic violence or as necessary to the coordination of prevention and control of disease, injury, or disability and delivery of health care benefits pursuant to the secure system for sharing protected health information.

SB 497

John S. Edwards

 

Continued to 2003 in Senate Courts of Justice

Death penalty. Prohibits the imposition of the death penalty on mentally retarded persons. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2003.

SB 542

William C. Mims

 

Approved by Governor

Chapter No. 754

Acts of Assembly

Human research. Rewrites the definition of human research. The bill adds agents appointed under advanced directives, legal guardians, spouses, adult children, and adult siblings to the list of people authorized to give consent to human research under the definition of "legally authorized representative". The bill provides that if two or more legally authorized representatives having the same priority disagree on participation in human research, the subject will not participate. The bill also changes competent and not-competent to capable or incapable of making an informed decision. Human research review committees are given the additional responsibility of determining whether the risks to the subjects are minimized by using sound research designs and whether additional safeguards are included when the subjects are a vulnerable population.

 


 

 

 


 

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HJ 85

David B. Albo

 

Continued to 2003 in House Rules

Database of available inpatient psychiatric beds for children and adolescents. Requests the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, in conjunction with the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and private providers, to study the feasibility of developing a web-based system for providing daily updated information on licensed and available acute psychiatric inpatient beds for children and adolescents. This study is a recommendation of the Committee Studying Treatment Options for Offenders with Mental Illness or Substance Abuse Disorders (SJR 440, 2001).  Language was included in the Appropriation Act to require this study.

HJ 90

S. Chris Jones

 

 

Prescription drugs. Continues the Joint Commission on Prescription Drug Assistance. In continuing its deliberations, the joint subcommittee shall consider (i) the feasibility of strengthening the Commonwealth's pharmacy purchasing ability for state programs, (ii) using the savings generated to create and fund a pharmacy benefits program for low-income and uninsured elderly persons, such as lowering the cost of existing pharmacy benefit programs for which state general funds are expended by consolidating pharmacy purchases, and (iii) pursuing cooperative arrangements with other states to pool pharmacy purchases.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HJ 142

Glenn M. Weatherholtz

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SJ 97

Steve Martin

 

Treatment Needs of Offenders with Mental Illness or Substance Abuse Disorders. Continues the study of certain mental health needs, training, and treatment issues begun by Committee Studying Treatment Options for Offenders with Mental Illness or Substance Abuse Disorders, (SJR 440) under the auspices of the Joint Commission on Behavioral Health Care, the Virginia State Crime Commission and the Commission on Youth. The resolution also requests certain Secretaries and state agencies to provide information or commence specific action related to such issues. Specifically, the resolution requests the (i) Secretary of Public Safety, in conjunction with the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Secretary of Administration to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment services provided to and needed by state responsible offenders; (ii) the Department of Corrections and the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to examine access to medications and the management of medications for released offenders; (iii) the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court to examine the development of a model court order that addresses mental health services; (iv) the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services to explore ways to communicate information to providers about innovative practices for serving offenders with mental health and substance abuse treatment needs; (v) the Department of Medical Assistance Services, in conjunction with the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice, to examine the accessibility to Medicaid benefits by eligible offenders immediately upon their release; (vi) the Department of Juvenile Justice to design and implement a uniform mental health screening instrument for juvenile offenders admitted to secure detention facilities and the feasibility of implementing a uniform screening and interview process for pre-dispositional investigations; and (vii) the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, in conjunction with the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Virginia Supreme Court, the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice to develop and recommend ways to implement a curriculum for cross-training law-enforcement officers, judges, jail and detention home staff, and community mental health treatment staff in security and treatment services. All agencies must report their findings and recommendations to the Committee Studying Treatment Options for Offenders with Mental Illness or Substance Abuse Disorders by September 30, 2002. The Committee Studying Treatment Options for Offenders with Mental Illness or Substance Abuse Disorders shall report its written findings and recommendations, including the reports of the Secretaries and state agencies referenced herein, to the Governor and the 2004 Session of the General Assembly.

HJ 199

Vivian E. Watts

Licensing residential placements. Requests that the Departments of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, Health, Medical Assistance Services, and Social Services work together to develop a joint or cooperative methodology or a singular licensing entity for residential services for individuals with mental disabilities or substance abuse problems. The Departments shall seek participation and input from representatives of appropriate stakeholder groups, including representatives from the Community Services Boards, NAMI-Virginia, the Substance Abuse and Addiction and Recovery Association, the ARC of Virginia, the Parents and Associates of the Institutionalized Retarded, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, the Virginia Health Care Association, the Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging, and the Association of Assisted Living Facilities.


 

HJ 219

Marian Van Landingham

Medicaid Buy-in program. Requests the Department of Medical Assistance Services, in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitative Services and the Department for Rights of Virginians with Disabilities, or its successor in interest, to proceed with the development of Medicaid Buy-In opportunity for working Virginians with disabilities. In developing the opportunity, the Department of Medical Assistance Services must utilize the Medicaid Infrastructure grant to identify the steps needed to implement an effective Medicaid Buy-In Program for Virginia, with the goal of utilizing data to develop initial legislation and budgetary recommendations that will be necessary to implement the Buy-In. The Department must report its written findings and recommendations to the Governor and the 2003 Session of the General Assembly This resolution is a recommendation of the Disability Commission and is identical to SJR 128 (Puller).

HJ 236

Marian Van Landingham

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HJ 251

Robert S. Bloxom

Housing for persons with disabilities. Encourages the Virginia Disability Commission to make the identification of improved housing opportunities for citizens with disabilities its top priority for the 2002-2003 interim session and to facilitate collaboration among stakeholders to develop recommendations for strengthening intergovernmental and interagency coordination of housing programs for people with disabilities. The Commission is requested to expand its work group to include the participation and involvement of all federal, state, local and community agencies, organizations and individuals concerned about housing for people with disabilities. In addition, the Commission and its work group are encouraged to develop a Housing Action Plan that (i) identifies the mission, composition, responsibilities, and funding for an intergovernmental, interagency coordinating body on housing and disability issues; (ii) identifies actionable strategies consistent with the mission and responsibilities of state housing agencies for the maximizing use of Section 8 programs and other federal housing and housing production programs for individuals with disabilities in Virginia; and (iii) develops a system of incentives and rewards for building accessible housing. The Commission is also encouraged to make use of existing research and presentation opportunities, including the annual state housing conference, to bring about optimal statewide attention to the housing needs of people with disabilities and available federal opportunities.